Roma politician Flórián Farkas fails to account for HUF 287 million

March 16, 2015


Fidesz MP and former National Roma Self Government  chairman Flórián Farkas (pictured third from left) has allegedly failed to account for almost HUF 300 million of discretionary funds spent between 2011 and 2014, writes

According to the daily news portal, Hungary’s National Roma Self Government (ORÖ) formally decided in 2011 to allocate 10 percent of all state funds received for the discretionary spending of its president, who, in turn,  was required to give a detailed account for the use of funds on a semi-annual basis.

According to Index, this never happened despite Farkas having served as president through the end of November 2014.

ORÖ’s revenue during this period was HUF 2.87 billion (USD 9.4 million), 10 percent (HUF 287 million/USD 940,000) of which was spent at Farkas’ discretion.

Index writes that a number of ORÖ assemblymen plan to file a formal complaint with authorities.

Several weeks ago a scandal erupted over allegations that ORÖ had spent several hundred million forints in a fiscally irresponsible manner.  According to Ákos Hadházy (LMP) HUF 29 million (USD 100,000) was spent on auto leasing and HUF 31 million (USD 107,000) on office furniture.  An additional HUF 31 million was allegedly spent on recruitment which, according to Hadházy, members of the Roma local government should have undertaken free of charge.

The Budapest Beacon tried to contact Florian but his mobile phone was turned off.